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More thoughts from the nctml police
Posted:
Feb 23, 1995 3:07 PM


Okay, just kidding, but I have received a number of private messages after my posting yesterday about being more "on task", as it were. So here's a better idea of where I'm coming from.
In a previous life, nctml became a list where people talked about all manner of k12 math ed stuff. This was good, for most of the folks. One of the big reasons that I would like to return it to its supposed focus (yes, it was started with a Standardsoriented mission  I can send you the original announcement if it's important to you) is that general k12 math ed stuff already gets talked about other places, most notably the newsgroup k12.ed.math (nice group name, eh?). Here's a sampling from the list of discussions going on there as of today:
long division block scheduling cooperative education working with student teachers the Platonic solids HP's in HS math classes Technology vs. Old Ways Sixth grade probability Math texts....why one? How to teach multiplication Graphic calculators = middle school Computers and math  does it work? AP Calculus Calculator Oriented Questions Computers increase achievement? Cabri vs. Sketchpad
So, do any of these sound familiar? I just think that both groups could be served by the same discussion going on in the same place. There is a place on the Internet for specific discussion of the Standards and their ramifications, and there's a lot of stuff we've been talking about, like the Easter formula and the things , which can fit into the "modern" classroom (modern being one that tries to implement ideas from the Standards). But should general math discussion be taking place in two different places? (There's even some overlap of participants  I know some of you read k12.ed.math, and have been doing so for a long time.)
Now, I realize that one of the stumbling blocks here is that k12.ed.math is a newsgroup, and not a mailing list, but let's assume that could be worked around (we could provide a mail gateway for those who can't/won't/don't like to read news). Is there a reason why the two groups shouldn't be talking together?
When people "get on" the Internet, they immediately look for a "group" to join, so that they can be part of a community on this big, wide, somewhat impersonal entity. nctml became a place like that for many of you, and I realize that there are great ties to that. Maybe people want to keep it the way it was, in which I would recommend changing the name to k12math or something, but I think we need to evaluate other opportunities as well, as the last thing this Internet monster needs is duplicated efforts.
(Don't get me wrong  there should be a list/newsgroup/something where the standards are talked about, and I'm not suggesting that we kill this list, but I think the group could be refocused a bit. Just a bit.)
Please send along your feedback. I'd especially like to hear from the people who participate in both places. If people wish, we can have this discussion on nctml itself (though I'd be happy to take the brunt of it, and summarize it to the list).
Annie



